The medium of photography has always confused the tool with the actual talent and craft. Every photographer has a story about showing a favorite photo and getting the question, "what kind of camera did you use?" The leap of logic is that the photographer didn't take the picture, the camera did. In the iPhone era it's become prevalent to take this same notion in a bizarre new direction.
Today's Photo Of The Day by Tom Mckelvey is a good example of using a long focal length to get create a compressed scene. He sent the photo to the Extreme Telephoto Assignment. In this case, Mckelvey was forced into his choice of lens because of his position on a ship that was some distance form the shoreline.
Fall color can be overwhelming and the task we face as photographers is to distill a scene down to the minimum number of elements to fully convey that scene. To paraphrase Reverend Maclean the film A River Runs Through It, the art of photography is in thrift.